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Link of the Day: Oral History of Jodie Meeks’ 54-point night

The 10-year anniversary of Jodie Meeks’ 54-point performance vs. Tennessee was January 13, and Kyle Tucker has a great article out today about it that deserves some of your time. Through interviews with Meeks, Billy Gillispie, Patrick Patterson, Bruce Pearl, John Calipari, and others, Tucker compiled an oral history of that great night.

The quotes from Gillispie are particularly interesting. The story goes that the former Kentucky coach refused to hand out commemorative “Witness” shirts Nike sent to the team, but Gillisipe claims he never knew about them.

“Most things in Kentucky take on a life of their own, and that did too. I never heard about any T-shirts being sent until after I was fired when people were trying to be as mean to me as they could. The people who researched that deal said Nike did send some T-shirts that I was unaware of — and the reason I was unaware of them was that they made a mistake on the T-shirt, so our equipment manager just kept them in the box and never said anything to me. I think that’s what happened, but I really have no idea. I don’t think I would be the kind that would keep anybody from wearing a T-shirt after scoring 54.”

Patrick Patterson isn’t buying it.

“A hundred percent, it wouldn’t surprise me if he tried to keep something away from us. Not at all. That’s just the way he was. I can 100 percent see him trying to keep those shirts away from us, especially Jodie, after his accomplishment.”

When Calipari took over as coach in April 2009, one of his first acts was handing the shirts out:

Do yourself a favor and head on over to The Athletic to read more about Jodie’s big night and what could have been had he stayed at Kentucky for another year. Now that’s a fun thought.

[The Athletic]


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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17 Comments for Link of the Day: Oral History of Jodie Meeks’ 54-point night

  1. riandri
    3:19 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    One can only imagine what Coach Cal’s first Kentucky team would have done if Jodie Meeks had decided to return for his Senior Year. Wall, Bledsoe, Patterson, Cousins, Orton, Liggins, Miller and others.

  2. ClutchCargo
    3:24 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    Barnhart needs to be kicked in the junk for ever hiring Gillispie.

  3. Not Dan Issel
    3:39 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    Yep. Should have hired Cal immediately after Tubby left, if not even sooner when P left.

  4. BlueBanker18
    3:49 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    Always hated those parachute basketball shorts…

  5. Irwin R. Fletcher
    4:33 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    Too bad we can’t read the article…..

  6. krautdog
    4:34 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    He was the only missing link – the perimeter shooter!!!

  7. Smyrna_Cat
    5:39 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    Love the topic … dislike that clip. It doesn’t do justice. There is a much better video available.

  8. Smyrna_Cat
    5:41 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

  9. ChestersDog
    5:49 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    I worked for the athletic department when all this happened and I can say FIRST HAND ACCOUNT, Gillispie is lying in his quote here. I was there and “witnessed” it first hand. This makes me see red!

  10. J. Did
    6:11 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    While not placing blame, indubitably Billy Clyde G. is one chapter in the storied history of KENTUCKY Basketball that – except for the KENTUCKY Kids – I don’t mind forgetting.

    His first two names alone call to mind recollections of an old southern-white-blonde-pimp-rascal from a ’70’s soap opera.

    Red flag – right there.

    • catsarerunnin
      6:45 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

      Yes all people should be judged by their names….

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:04 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

      Like Barack Hussein Obama.

  11. Smyrna_Cat
    7:01 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    That was a tough time.

  12. davis2319
    11:48 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    One of the best moments of my childhood watching Kentucky basketball. If only Jodie would’ve stayed for Calipari’s first season and played with Wall and Co. He would’ve been the answer we needed 3 point shooting wise. Also would’ve been a great leader for the younger guys.

  13. davis2319
    11:50 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    Side note, everyone talks about how great of an Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart is, let’s not forget he hired Joker Phillips before Mark Stoops, and Billy Gillispie before John Calipari. Lol I’m just glad he eventually got the two positions into trustworthy hands.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:34 am January 25, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sure you would have done much better.

  14. davis2319
    11:50 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    And he was unaware of the t shirts my ass. Lol